On this blog we talk a lot about shaving. I mean, c’mon it’s kind of our thing! Most people just assume that the only people who will ever cut their face shaving are people who are using a straight razor and shaving cream. While this is true the majority of the time, it isn’t always true. Other types of electric shavers can also cause nicks.
Don’t believe me?
Just try jamming one of the electric blades into your neck at a downward angle! Ouch. Ingrown hairs, popped pimples, and nicks from a battery-powered razor can hurt just as bad as accidentally scraping yourself with a straight razor.
It’s universally true that everyone suffers cuts from shaving occasionally. It happens—a lot more often when you’re first starting out, but still frequently even when you’ve graduated to become a shaving expert–like your old man.
Forget the Bloody Toilet Paper
Before we recommend what you should do for shaving cuts, we should talk about what you shouldn’t do. Don’t do the proverbial paper-on-face technique. This is the go-to remedy for most guys. They’ve seen it in movies, they’ve seen their fathers and their uncles do it. It’s wrong. It works temporarily, but it’s not very effective.
It takes a long time to make the bleeding stop, and it doesn’t contain any ingredients to disinfect the wound. Moreover, it looks silly. Nothing ruins the handsomeness of a clean shave like a bloody piece of toilet paper tacked onto your face. Worse, it’s easy to forget that you’ve got toilet paper stuck to your face. How’s that for a conversation piece?
How Styptic Pencils Can Stop Bleeding
When it comes to shaving, the trend these days is going back to the basics. Just like in the beginning of this article, guys are ditching their electric razors in favor of doing things the old-fashioned way. Why? Probably because it’s cooler, cheaper, and leaves you with the best shave that you can possibly have. If you’ve ever tried to shave the underside of your chin with an electric razor, then you probably already know that it can take several tries to get all those tiny, little hairs. This causes friction, and enough repeated razor strokes could cause razor burn. Ouch! So why is this happening?
Most likely, this is because the commercialization of shaving has led to deterioration in quality. Few gents are shaving properly these days. Fewer still, are using the appropriate tools and products when doing so. We’re going to make it easy for you.
When it comes to treating shaving cuts, there’s a simple solution: styptic pencils. What is a styptic pencil? Your granddaddy probably kept one of these handy with his other cleaning supplies. A styptic pencil is essentially a shaving cut stick. It’s a small stick made out of various mineral compounds—namely anhydrous aluminum sulfate, potassium alum, or titanium dioxide. Don’t let the scientific names scare you—these are all anti-hemorrhagic ingredients that are highly effective.
In fact, this stuff is the golden ticket to fast healing. Styptic pencils are a clean, hygienic, and convenient solution for closing wounds and cleaning up blood from cuts and nicks.
At Glyder, we like to get a little nerdy about shaving. We have industry-leading chemists who work day and night to find the healthiest, smoothest ingredients to make sure that all of our customer’s cuts heal up right away. Our product design team spends hundreds of hours researching the most hygienic methods for manufacturing new packaging, waterproofing our products, and making something that catches your eye when you see it. So of course we’ve done our homework.
The word “styptic” comes from the Greek “styptikos” and the Latin “stypticus,” and means, “to constrict, or draw together.” Interesting.
Our products actually bind the blood vessels together in a scientific process that doctors and surgeons refer to as blood clotting. Wait a second isn’t a clot bad? No, not when bleeding is involved. Blood clots are bad when there is no sign of a laceration. But when you are bleeding you need your blood to clot ASAP.
Our product is designed to literally shut down blood vessels. The alum in the styptic balm tells the cells to constrict and bind together, which causes clotting, stopping bleeding—fast.
Styptic pencils can even be used for deeper cuts. Styptics are used by the military to treat combat wounds and on-the-ground injuries. You know this stuff is legit when the Army uses it!
But it’s not just the Army who can suffer from cuts. A deep enough cut can be cause for emergency medical care, even from shaving your face. If your hands are wet, or your blade comes loose for some reason, you can have a serious problem on your hands–even if you are an experienced shaver.
Some guys shave in the shower. Be very careful if you are in this group. Slipping or dropping the blade can cause you to cut yourself accidentally. Especially, when you add slippery soap or shampoo into the mix. It’s a slippery slope! The best practice is to drain the water out of the tub, and pat yourself dry before shaving. Then, make sure your hands are dry and go back and rinse off after you’ve finished.
How to Use a Styptic Pencil
Using a styptic pencil is easy peasy. To use, just open up your styptic stick, and get the tip of it wet. Then press the tip of the styptic stick to your cut or nick for a few seconds. WARNING: It will sting a bit. This is the result of the sulfate working its magic. The pain isn’t that bad, and trust us, it’s worth it. It will stop the bleeding quickly.
Pro tip: After applying the pencil and giving it time to work, make sure you take a look at your face in the mirror before heading out. Sometimes, styptic pencils can leave a white residue on your skin. But it’s easy to fix—just rinse it off with water.
Glyder: The Best Styptic Pencil on the Market
Now you know the benefits of styptic pencils: how effective, fast, and convenient they are. You can keep one in your shaving kit or in your pocket. They’re discreet, easy-to-use, and inexpensive. So what’s the best styptic pencil out there? For a great investment, look no further than the latest and greatest on the market: Glyder. Glyder comes in an attractive protective casing, and can be easily retracted, saving it from getting wet or staining its surroundings. Protect your face and save grace by investing in a styptic pencil.
Get your Glyder styptic balm for 9.99$!